Lawmakers about to pass path to legal residency and citizenship for residents without status

In the US congress today, it was announced that there has been a deal between lawmakers for a new immigration reform bill. the details have not been released as of yet, but it appears that the preliminary reports show that:

1. There is a path to legal permanent resident status and eventually citizenship.
2. The law will affect those persons who can show that they were present in the US prior to 2012.
3. A fee will be assessed as a penalty, and there will be a lengthy application form requiring a significant amount of evidence proving that the immigrant is in compliance with the law in all other aspects, including not being convicted of any major crimes.
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News on new Immigration Policies for California

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A newly-released document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) shows that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is making radical changes to the immigration court system that deliberately contradict the recommendations given to the department by its own independent evaluators. The recommendations were made in an April 2017 Booz Allen Hamilton report commissioned by […]

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Posted: April 23, 2018, 6:03 pm

The United States has historically been viewed as a nation that welcomes refugees fleeing from violence and persecution in their home countries. But a lawsuit filed in Canada argues that U.S. officials’ treatment of asylum seekers in this country requires that the United States no longer be considered a “safe country” for them. Generally, asylum […]

The post Canadian Lawsuit Challenges the United States’ Designation as a Safe Country for Asylum Seekers appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: April 20, 2018, 6:48 pm

In a directive dated Aug. 29, 2017, which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement only posted publicly this week, the government significantly weakened safeguards for the rights of parents during the course of immigration enforcement. The release of the policy change comes amid growing concern that the Trump administration is increasing the separation of families as […]

The post Family Unity Is Threatened by This New Immigration Enforcement Policy appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: April 19, 2018, 8:36 pm

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling on Tuesday in Sessions v. Dimaya, declared a provision of immigration law so vague as to be unconstitutional. Noncitizens—including green card holders—can be deported for a conviction for what is known in immigration law as a “crime of violence.” The “crime of violence” deportation ground is considered as […]

The post The Supreme Court Strikes Down Vague Deportation Law appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: April 18, 2018, 7:47 pm

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—the Border Patrol in particular—has a reputation for repeatedly and systematically violating the rights of immigrants and U.S. citizens alike. Border Patrol agents are known for regularly using excessive force during apprehensions, detaining people under inhumane conditions, and resorting to coercion and misinformation in order to remove people from the […]

The post High Profile Cases Highlight Border Patrol Abuses and Need for Systemic Change appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: April 17, 2018, 7:44 pm

Immigrants—both documented and undocumented—contribute billions of dollars in taxes to the United States every year. Immigrants who are authorized to work in the United States file the same taxes as any U.S.-native including local, state, and federal taxes. Unauthorized immigrants pay taxes as well, often using the Individual Tax Identification Number and consequently are paying […]

The post Yes, All Immigrants – Even Undocumented – Pay Billions in Taxes Each Year appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: April 16, 2018, 12:00 pm

The United States has long been the country of choice for international physicians seeking a graduate medical education. But for the second year in a row, the number of foreign doctors who applied to graduate residency programs in the United States has declined. This has triggered concern that the Trump administration’s strict immigration policies are […]

The post Fewer Foreign Doctors Could Spell Disaster for America’s Most Underserved Communities appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: April 13, 2018, 3:41 pm

The largest employment crackdown in a decade was launched on April 5 at a meat-processing plant in Bean Station, a rural community outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. Nearly 100 immigrants were detained during the raid, most believed to be from Mexico. According to reports: “[Immigration and Customs Enforcement] summarily closed off roads, surrounding the plant, and […]

The post Largest Worksite Raid in a Decade Signals a Dark Turn in Immigration Enforcement appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: April 12, 2018, 6:32 pm

In its latest attack on due process and access to counsel in the immigration court system, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has decided to suspend its Legal Orientation Program (LOP) despite its demonstrated ability to increase efficiencies in the nation’s horribly backlogged immigration courts. According to the Washington Post, EOIR (the Department of […]

The post The Justice Department Is Halting Its Legal Advice Program for Detained Immigrants appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: April 11, 2018, 7:36 pm

Undocumented immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border increasingly consist of asylum seekers fleeing record levels of violence in Central America. But the Trump administration’s response to this humanitarian crisis has been unforgiving. In fact, the administration has recently made two policy announcements with the goal of further criminalizing immigrants apprehended crossing the border, as well as […]

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Posted: April 10, 2018, 9:46 pm
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5 rumors about the 2013 immigration act: questions, answers, and the real program explained

There has been a lot of speculation and anticipation about the new Obama Immigration law for 2013.  Here are some myths, facts and general information.  Note: the law has not become final as of the date of this article, 02/21/2013.


1. RUMOR: The immigration act would allow illegal immigrants to get legal green cards.  TRUTH:  The memo leaked to USA today in February provided for a new class of visa that could make current illegal residents legal, with a four year expiration. An extension for another four years would be available, and after that, an opportunity to apply for a green card would be available. Immigration Lawyer Office

2. RUMOR: Illegal immigrants would have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to apply for the 2013 Obama Immigration program.  TRUTH: To apply for the program as described in the leaked document, Illegal immigrants would have to pay back taxes on earnings. However, many illegal residents already pay income and payroll taxes for both California and Federal Tax.

3. RUMOR: The new immigration reform is just a deportation program designed to get the names of illegal immigrants. TRUTH: The 2012 Obama Deferment Program for juveniles promised that the USCIS and Department of Homeland Security would not use the information that was collected about the applicant’s family to initiate deportation proceedings.  To this Lawyer’s knowledge, the DHS and USCIS has made good on this promise, so there is no reason to think that they would not do the same for any new Immigration program.

4. RUMOR: If an illegal immigrant has been arrested, if they apply for the new Immigration program, they will be denied and deported.  TRUTH:  There will assuredly be requirements in any new reform law that will disqualify illegal immigrants if they have been arrested multiple times or for serious offenses. It will be VERY IMPORTANT for anyone sebastopol-larkfieldwikiup-attorney.jpgconsidering applying for any immigration program who has ever been arrested to consult with an immigration attorney to discuss their particular situation.

5. RUMOR: Once an illegal resident is approved for the 2013 program, they can bring their whole family to the US from their home country.  TRUTH: There is a provision allowing for some sort of pathway to bring one’s family here, according to the leaked memo. However, since the law has not been finalized as of today, we simply do not know how this would work  Stay tuned.

-Sean Ramsey, Immigration Attorney in Sebastopol, CA.

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